Short Sheep Micro-Winery
SHORT SHEEP is the ideal winery for those that like to learn about the process behind the product. It’s hard to leave here without an appreciation for the hard work behind each bottle.
Tony and Sue Ridler established SHORT SHEEP in 2002. Unlike many wineries, it’s not hung up on consistency and embraces the variations between vintages. Producing only 1500 cases a year forces them to think differently, blending different plots and varietals together to achieve the right balance of flavour.
The range is as small as you’d expect, with just half a dozen whites and reds apiece. Current plantings include chardonnay, sémillon, shiraz, cabernet and merlot. Take home one of the two dry, French-style rosés and save them for the next spring or summer.
The winery takes its name from the population of southdown babydoll sheep that tend the grass between the vines. Their presence means less use of herbicides and pesticides. The sheep are free to roam the property all year round, but are too short to pinch the tasty morsels hanging above them. And yes, they’re as cute as they sound.
If you can’t bear to leave the sheep behind, there are a couple options to stay on the property. While you’re there, you can participate in one of the winery’s special tasting events, such as twilight tastings in warmer months, and fireside tastings during winter.